Monday, 19 February 2018

LIFE: 5th to 18th February.

The past two week have  been characterized by a “A Chorus of Coughs” as N. and I succumbed to another cold bug, just as were getting over the flu. So it has been back to hot drinks, hot water bottles and paracetamol -  with a good day followed by a zero energy day.  

Oh, for some sun and warmth,  instead of  temperatures currently n the  range 1-4C/32-38F.  

However let's be positive - we have had light coverings of snow, with more on the hills, but nothing like that in the Highlands. It is getting lighter and lighter in the mornings and into early evenings, and snowdrops are blooming  -  spring cannot be far behind1  

This seems to have taken over from family history research as my main hobby, especially as I am following the "52 Ancestors in 52 Days" weekly prompt.  I published:

Week 6 -  My Favourite Name - Jennet WEek 7 - A Valentine from Flanders Field

Plus two other posts which were so appropriate at this time:
The Sad Tale of a Valentine's Day Baby  

To mark the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote: 
Suffragettes in the Borders 

Other highlights in a very quiet time

I gave a miss to the Walking Group and the Women's Institute Meeting  where the talk the "History of the Rugby Sevens - not something I was vastly interested in. 

A visit to Melrose for the usual - post office, library and coffee shop.  That was a morning when the wintry sun was shining on the abbey highlighting the detail of its architecture.

A morning in Galashiels was less successful in that we got  caught in the swirling wind of sleet and snow, and by the time we were walking the short 5 minutes back home from the bus stop the wind chill factor had set in. 

School half term, though they hardly seemed to be back since New Year, so we had Nh a couple of days.  We had an enjoyable baking session, making chocolate brownies and chocolate chip cookies - and  managed to leave some for Nh to take home for tea. 

We sorted out Nh toy boxes  here and did manage to reduce the collection, but she is a bit of a hoarder, so some favourites had to stay - such as Fuzzy Felt and anything that had been Mummy's such as the Fisher Price telephone.  Who remembers that from the 1970's?    

  • "Michael Portillo's Great American Railroad Journey"  ended its Eastern coast  programme in Canada, including a visit to Montreal and McGill University. 

    I was  hoping  that it would feature John Redpath, a stone mason and builder who emigrated from Earlston in 1820 and became a prominent businessman and benefactor in the city.  He was involved  with major canal schemes, built Canada's first sugar factory, and the Redpath Library and Museum at McGill University are named after him.  He did not forget his birthplace and donated the clock and belfry tower in the Market Square.   John Redpath is precisely the kind of profile that the programme does so well, but it was not to be. - a pity. It would have  been good to see a Scottish Borders connetion on screen.

 Earlston Market Square c.1900 -  John Redpath's clock & belfry tower remains the significant landmark  in the village today.
  • The programme has now moved cross country to California and brought back memories of my visit there 1966 and more recent mailings and postcards etc. from a great American friend G.
    On a San Francisco Cable Car in 1966
  • "A Vicar's Life"  series is profiling  the work of English vicars across rural Herefordshire, who seemed more and more to be acting as social workers - helping the homeless. acting as street pastors in town centres at the weekends, visiting isolated elderly people  etc.  Despite the obvious pastoral commitment and hard work of the ministers, I cannot help thinking, that the traditional church service is onto  onto a losing battle, with increasingly elderly congregations.  It must be hard to keep up motivations through it all. 
  • We have been following  chef Tom Kerridge's series "Lose Weight - East Wel" and there are some good ideas there.  So I set out to make the Roast Vegetable Tart for tea.   I had just put it in the oven  when the phone went.  It was a friend who lives on her own and is undergoing chemo treatment, so I did not want to say, "Can I phone you back?"   - the result I forgot about the tart until I could smell something overdone.  N.  nobly said we would still eat it, but it was not great, so I will have to try it again, with more of an eagle eye on the oven.  

So endeth the week!

Journal Jottings   
Recording my everyday life for future family historians  
Developed from the "Genea-Pourri" prompt  on Randy Seaver’s blog Genea-Musings
I decided to change his title for my own version of this weekly online diary.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Facebook Censure, A Blogging Bonanza and Some Happy Moments

LIFE:  29th January- 4th February 2018
It came as a bit of a shock to get an e-mail from Facebook, saying I had contravened their standards and code of practice in a post I had written (post not specified).  I can only think of one that someone may have complained about and I cannot even remember the topic under discussion, with most of my feeds genealogy based.    There was a comment I responded to  about "Who on earth wants to visit Lancashire - it is all dark satanic mills"? 

Girl, Computer, Notebook
Image - Pixabay
Perhaps it was a  “tongue in cheek” remark, but  my hackles rose in defence of  my birth county and I responded instinctively and quickly  saying "Rubbish" and went on to name some beautiful parts of rural Lancashire. 

I asked Facebook to cite which of my comments was the subject of the complaint  (they never responded to this) and I  apologized if this had caused offense.  I also gave my side of the incident. 

However the next e-mail  upheld the complaint against me.  They are in for a busy time, when I glance at some of the posts in my Facebook Feed,  where I have come across some very vicious personal remarks, usually on party political matters and on members of the royal family. A lesson learnt ! 

Since January I seem to be on a roll with blogging activity  and this week was a good one.
  • Wrote up  the previous week’s activities on  "Journal Jottings".  The page views have not been great, so I posted something about  my new blog on my personal Facebook page and got some encouraging comments. 
  • For Family History Fun, Week 5 of the prompt  "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" was on the theme of Census Discoveries.   I focused on the life of my great great grandfather Henry Danson (1806-1881) as revealed by decades of census returns.

    My ancestral home c.1999!!  
    Henry Danson was living here in the 1841 and 1851 census when it was a household of eleven family and  two farm servants. 
    How did they all fit in what looked like a smallish farm house?

  • It was so relevant to the census theme, I had to post a press cutting of 1871 that I came across some time ago,   in which the writer (a man of course!) deplored the way women wished to hide their age from the "Bogey Man i.e. Census Man" -  an entertaining read!
  • Began the next post for Auld Earlston - a history of the churches in Earlston .  That is quite a challenge   as it was a complex story of the three churches in the village separating, and reuniting down two centuries, but disputes over which buildings to retain.    A good selection of photographs hopefully will help to create interest.
Earlston Parish Church, c.1900

  • Had a good catch up on my blog Reading List.  I must admit I am not good at finding time to read other blogs and make comments  - so how can I expect other readers to respond to me! 
Once the weather improves, I might not be so inclined to be at the computer, when the garden beckons for some work  outside.  

To end on some happy notes.
  • I have lost a bit of weight! I don't quite know how, as N. and I do like our mid morning cups of tea/coffee with biscuits , or even better,  scones when we are out.  I believe in the 80/20 rule for dieting - eat sensibly  80% of the time and you can afford to indulge yourself  for 20%. 
  • "Will You Write Some Book Reviews for Us?  That was the request on my library visit last week.  So I must look back at past reviews  I have written on the website Good Reads.  Something else to fit into my computer time!
  •  Finally - a lovely picture of Nh. enjoying a new mount at riding, though the horse did look rather big for her! 

Journal Jottings   
Recording my everyday life for future family historians  
 Developed from the "Genea-Pourri" prompt  on Randy Seaver’s blog Genea-Musings
I decided to change his title for my own version of this weekly online diary.

Monday, 29 January 2018

A "Burns Night" Tea, An Exhibition to Plan, and Furry Friends.

LIFE:  22-28th JANUARY 2018

A " Burns Night" tea, next Auld Earlston Exhibition, a busy time blogging before more computer hassles and a Visit from Furry Friends -  thank goodness I am getting back to normal after my bout of flu.

Monday 22nd January
A domestic duties morning.   Blogging afternoon, working on a profile of my great grandmother for this week's prompt in series  "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks", and for the Auld Earlston blog, childhood memories of John Moffat whose father opened the first garage in the village c. 1920,  John was an adventurous little lad who got into all kinds of scrapes, so it was an entertaining article to pull together.

Great grandmother Maria Danson, nee Rawcliffe with her youngest of her nine surviving children  - only daughter Jennie (at the back) and her little granddaughter Annie Maria. 

Tuesday 23rd January 
Auld Earlston meeting in the evening  where we decided our next exhibition in October will be on the theme of "Earlston in War and Peace - 1914-1949."  My head is buzzing with ideas  but plenty of time  to bring it all together.   

The 2017 Exhibition on the theme of Travel  - "Horses to Horse Power" proved 
a popular draw. so we have a reputation to keep up!

Wednesday 24th January 
Wednesday Club meeting.  In honour of "Burns Night",  we had a change from our usual afternoon tea, by serving Scottish fayre.   I had the easiest task, in my catering group, as I only had to buy, slice and butter   three Selkirk bannocks, whilst others  prepared oatcakes  with  cheese, haggis (sausage) rolls, sandwiches, scones and shortbread biscuits. 

"Some hae meat and canna eat, and some hae meat and want it
But we hae meat and we can eat, and sae the Lord be thankit." 

Robert Burns, Statue, Burns, Robert
Robbie Burns  (1749-1796) - Scotland's national poet 
Image from 

Before the tea, we had an excellent talk on the "Street Pastor" Project across the Borders,  whereby  volunteers go out and about in the main towns  on a Saturday night (10pn-3.30am), providing a listening ear and practical support to the clubbers e.g. offering flip flops to girls who could hardly walk in their 6 inch high heels, beanie hats to counteract the cold, and lollies to diffuse any tricky situation - yes lollies!  The scheme began in Brixton, London where gang culture  and knife crime were the chief concerns,   but here in the Borders the issues are more anti-social behavior and drunkenness.   The talk stimulated a lot of discussion afterwards. 

Thursday 25th January 
Joined the "Walk It" group  for the first time for weeks. 

 Computer panic stations in the evening when on my I Pad I could not access, the programme I   use to write my blogs.   A dash to the main computer - and ditto. What on earth had I done?  Eventually an Error 503 message came up  which I googled - much relief it was a server issue.  I had three options, two of which I did not udnerstand to I opted for the third - "Try again later" - and yes within the hour I was back on line with Blogger.   Phew! 

Friday 26th January 
The bus into Galashiels for odds and ends shopping.  In a charity shop I picked up to lovely furry friends for the African KAS (Knit a Square) charity who are looking to provide each child with a soft toy.  

Back home, the sun was streaming through the house and it was relatively mild, so  I ventured into the garden  and did some tidying up.  Perhaps Spring is round the corner! 

More computer disasters in the evening - could not access Adobe Photoshop or open any web pages and the Shut Down button was not working.  Why do these problems always happen at the weekend?  

Saturday  January 27th 

After yesterday's high activity, I was a zombie today.  Computer still not working.

We had unexpected visitor in the afternoon - G. and Nh called round, with Nh carrying a plastic basket - she thought we might like to see Chocolate and Marshmallow, her two guinea pigs. 

Sunday 28th January
Tried the computer in the morning but still not working.  

In the afternoon  went to Galahiels with a friend  to visit another friend and former work colleague who is unfortunately  suffering from dementia and has recently moved into a care home.  Her spirit is still as lively as ever, but she is living in the 1950's, reminiscing about her life in London when she was working for the Civil Service  in Whitehall at the time of the death of King George VI and the coronation of the Queen -  fascinating memories and we all enjoyed chatting.

Back home to hear that N. had gone on the computer and it was working perfectly and seemed to have unscrambled itself!  Much relief! 

TV - my usual programmes  - all very enjoyable.
  • University Challenge
  • Michael Portillo's  Great Railway Train Journey across  New England which brought back memories of my year there 1965-66 and visits 30 years later with G.    
  • Art, Passion and Power - the story of the Royal Collection 
  • A House in Time  brought this Liverpool house history  up to 1945 - an impressive new series, with its emphasis on the archive material that tells the house's story and that of its residents.  
  • Mastermind where the general knowledge questions seemed easier and I could answer more of them.  
  •  Dragons Den,  where budding entrepreneurs state their case for investment from business millionaires - the setting is false, but I enjoy listening to the presentations and the discussions afterwards - with financial projections the biggest downfall of unsuccessful constants, plus arguing with the panel - not a good move!   

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  • Monday, 22 January 2018

    A Week of Snow, Flu Recovery & Home Based Activities.

    Life:  15th-21st January 2018

    Another housebound week, still recovering from the flu,   reading light weight novels, watching usual TV, working on my crochet throw project,   and with little incentive to brave the elements  of more snow outside.     Very grateful to G and Nh for their sterling snow clearing efforts and friends, loaning me books and DVDs and bringing round goodies.  I believe in the dictum "Feed a cold".  

    Schools were closed for two days and events cancelled, including the Auld Earlston meeting. It doesn't take much snow to bring the country here  to shut down,  and the snow is nothing compared with what  some places abroad are experiencing.

     On  a lovely sunny day, I decided that fresh air and some exercise was called for, so took a short walk, and  felt better for it. 

    The row of trees along the old railway line in Earlston.

     G. birthday, though the meal was deferred because of the way I was feeling.  

     However I have managed some productive times on the computer.
    • At long last completed the family history narrative I was writing for a friend.
    • Signed up to a new 2018 Blogging Challenge, writing about "52 Ancestors  in 52 Weeks".  I have felt for some time I was getting a bit jaded52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks with my Family History Fun blog and it needed a boost.  So I have caught up on the first weeks of January to get on schedule, and am enjoying the broad weekly themes, such as A Favourite Photograph, the Census and Longevity. 
    • Made good progress on the final part of my Danson Family History, profiling my grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles.

                         My grandmother Alice Danson, nee English with her children, 
                                 Edith, Kathleen (my mother), Harry and baby Billy. 
                                   Taken 1916, as my grandfather set out for war

    I rounded off the week, by watching  my Christmas present DVD - the Royal Ballet in "La Fille Mal Gardee" - happy, colourful,  lighthearted. beautiful  and fun!  


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    Tuesday, 16 January 2018

    Hot Drinks, Hot Water Bottles, Bed and Pill Popping!

    LIFE: JANUARY 8th-14th 2018

    "Floored by Flu"  is my message this past week which has  been dominated by hot drinks, hot water bottles, bed and paracetamol  - in other words, we have both succumbed to the dreaded flu bug which is sweeping the country - despite us having had the flu jab.  I got a phone consultation with the doctor who confirmed that we had all the classic symptons and it lasts at least two weeks!  Thank goodness for the support of our  daughter living nearby!

    So life has been circumscribed by these four walls.    Domestic matters are on hold and meals have been of the soup, and beans on toast variety, with Sunday lunch a boiled egg and toast - actually very delicious.

    Stack Of Books, Vintage Books, BookFortunately I had stocked up on my library books before New Year, so I had plenty of reading material, though most of it was very light, escapist stuff.  

    I tried a new  (to me) Maggie O'Farrell book, having enjoyed many of her previous works, notable "the Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox". But could not get into "~This Must Be the Place".   It centres on Claudette, a former actress, now an eccentric recluseliving  in the wilds of Ireland with her two young chidlren and husband, Danieal, an Amercian linguistics lecturer, estragned from teh chidlren of his first wife in California and at odds with his elederly father in New York.  This complex personal life is set to get worse with a revelation from his past.   The book flits between time and place (not chronologically), with each chapter written from the view point of a different character - and there are many.  I got bored by the book, tehs toryline dragged and  I couldn't care about the characters.  There is no doubt that there is a sense of quality about the writing and  the author's keen sense of observation  of places and people's behaviour shone through - but not for me.  

    Even Classic FM on the radio was beginning to pall, so I switched to BBC Radio Four for some interesting discussions on current issues including how the media use statistics in the news, equality of pay between men and women, notably at the BBC;  and the ongoing saga of President Trump and the latest book detailing the  dysfunctional White House.     I avoid anything to do with Brexit!   

    History has occupied my TV viewing.  

      Queen, Elizabeth I, England, English
    • "Elizabeth and Mary", on BBC 4 proved a fascinating programme, focussing on the correspondence between Elizbeth Ist and Mary Queen of Scots, with their words spoken by two actresses in profile.  Elizabeth conformed to the standard image  - red wig, elaborate ruff, wheras Mary was shown monocrhome -  no make up, plain hair style, not wearing the Tudor headdress which we often see in her portraits.   I just felt that her reputed charm and appeal did not come across as much as I would have expected.  But overall an excellent, "no frills,  no gimmicks" history that let their words tell their story.

    •  "England's Forgotten Queen" also on BBC4,  profiled Lady Jane Grey  - very detailed and thorough,  but I felt it was dragged out into three episodes.  I wondered who apart from ardent Tudor  devotee would stick with it.  
    • "The Coronation"  - BBC at its best!  It heralded what looks to be a  great new series on "The Royal Collection"  and focused on the Crown Jewels, with film and reminiscences about the Queen's Coronation in 1953, and rare observations and comments from the Queen herself, speaking to camera. From an early age  I have loved seeing the pomp, traditions, music and ceremony associated with great occasions. I still have my own memorabilia from the Coronation - the souvenir programme and my mug presented to all schoolchildren.


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    Tuesday, 9 January 2018

    A Musical New Year, Christmas Cards, and a TV House History

    MY NEW YEAR -  31st December - 7th January

    NEW YEAR  - I have lived 56 years in Scotland,  have promoted Scotland to visitors for most of my working life, am patriotic (note not nationalistic!), BUT I have never got on with Hogmanay  - I don’t know why, but I cannot get worked up about a date, even less so, when it entails me staying up until midnight.Perhaps it would be different if we were part of a larger family living close by, but G.was working on early shift.

    On Old Year’s Night, we watched a fascinating TV  programme on the making of the Royal Ballet’s superb, magical production of “The Nutcracker”.  Of course there was only one thing to do afterwards - put on our DVD and enjoy the whole ballet

    The next day, N. and I followed our own ritual by sitting down with a drink and nibbles to watch  the New Year’s Day concert from Vienna and enjoy the music, the dancing and the film profile of the city - bringing  back lovely memories of our Austrian holidays.

    The statue of Mozart in Vienna. 

    CHRISTMAS CARDS  -  It suddenly struck me when I was taking down the Christmas carts, what a depressing selection there was this year  So many were monochrone and not at all  Christmassy.  Animals abounded - polar bears, penguins, hares, sheep - with only an occasional robin to brighten up the  display, or there were delicate snowflakes or "In the Bleak Midwinter" scenes.  Whatever happened to images of Christmas cheer  - trees & baubles, holly & ivy, candles, Santa Claus,  And of course nativity scenes were few and far between.  Is this all a sign of our age?  

    It made me think back to the days when it seemed a shame to bin so many lovely cards, that I compiled them into scrapbooks - first of all to illustrate for  my young daughter the Christmas story and Christmas traditions. Later I created a Christmas Anthology, using the cards to illustrate poems, carols and literature and then a Christmas A-Z.


    The scrapbooks come out every Christmas to remind me of cards we received over the years. 

    TV - The first of a new series, "A House Through Time"  was a natural extension of the popular family history programme "Who do You Think You Are" (WDYTYA).  It explored   the  history of a house in Liverpool through the lives of the people who lived there.  I liked the way the presenter put the emphasis on archival sources, though I did wonder  how many properties the programme researchers investigated before  coming up with this one powerful profile.

    OLD FASHIONED ENTERTAINMENT - a fun afternoon with granddaughter playing board games and card games - Family Trivial Pursuits (a Christmas present), Articulate, Cheat, Beggar My Neighbour,  and Uno.   


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    Monday, 1 January 2018

    Family, Food, & Festivities - plus a Candle Scare and a Power Cut

    My Christmas:  18th - 30th December 

    Christmas means Family and we spent the day with G. St and Nh., opening presents and generally eating too much, with chicken, gammon, roast potatoes and parsnips, lots of sauces and vegetables, followed by mini meringues and fresh fruit salad  We were sent home with enough  food to give us two days' meals,  including a tray of lovely home baking. 

    We are not a family for photographing ourselves, though I would have loved to see  a picture taken of G. and Co. in the roomy snuggle jumper she received from a work colleague!.  Plenty of  games are ahead for us playing  Family Trivial Pursuits which was high on the Niamh's Chritmas wish list. l

    The week before saw Nh as a hyena in the school concert version of "The Lion King"   and  taking part in the school service in the Church.  As ever the little ones looked so angelic performing the nativity play. 

    Christmas for me also means seasonal music  and enjoying all the carols played on radio's Classic FM.  I joined 40-50 others, carol singing in the Square  - a lovely evening, dry and not too cold, with a great accompaniment of a trumpet which helped swell the volume to get in the Christmas spirit. 

     Earlston Christmas Lights in the Square

    The most inspiring music came from the TV broadcast of "Carols from Kings"  on Christmas Eve,.  - beautiful  and so  uplifting.   For once BBC did not dumb down, but let tradition triumph,  with the singing, organ accompaniment  and the stained glass and beamed roof of the chapel setting speaking  for themselves.   

    Other musical higlights included the Andre Rieu concert from London - I think from the  massive O2 Arena. He has done wonders for popularizing classical music  and the huge audience clearly were in raptures. It is some time since I have watched the broadcasts which were repeated a bit too often on Sky Arts.   But I do feel showmanship has overtaken the quality of the music at times - in particular  the singing seemed one big shout.  I did particularly enjoy hearing  "The Holy City - Jerusalem" - that used to be often played on the radio years ago but is rarely heard now, so it was a treat. 

    Other TV highlights - Strictly Come Dancing Special - frothy, but not too OTT. Christmas University Challenge with alumni, not students,  chaired in a genial manner by Jeremy Paxman. The questions were slightly easier so I could answer more which was satisfying! 

    On BBC a new production in three episodes of one of my favourite childhood books - "Little Women" by Louise M. Alcott.   It stayed close to the story line, but the girls were all American actresses, amd they seemed to gabble the lines, so I found  their accents a bit difficult to pick up, especially when music is played over the dialogue, which seems the trend in modern productions. However by the final episode, I was both hooked and moved - by Lauries's courtship of Jo, and of course the death of Beth. 

    Winter Walks:  The only downer on Christmas Day was the weather - pouring rain which meant we had no incentive to go out for an afternoon walk.  But the next few days redeemed themselves with bright sunshine - ideal for winter walking. 

    Snow capped Black Hill, Earlston
    Friday 29th December 
    We woke up this morning to see snow at lower levels

    The postman  giving a splash of colour along our road, 
    with the appropriately named White Hill in the background.

    The trees on the White Hill, from another viewpoint.
    A Cautionary Tale of a Candle Scare and a Power Cut

    Wednesday was an eventful night!   I had bought a little lantern, in the shape of a chalet with a red roof and a Christmas tree outside. I put a tea light in it and had it on the mantelpiece. But the roof did not come right off and it was tricky reaching the candle wick with a match and I dropped the match inside the lantern. In no time at all flames shot up and it was quite frightening. N. shouted for me to get a damp cloth and that did the trick but knocked the lantern into the hearth. 

    We were so lucky - the wall is slightly scorched but I managed to clean the hearth OK so that has not been stained - I have always liked our fireplace very much and thank goodness the wood surround was unaffected.   But it showed how easily things could have been much much worse. I am not going to bother with tea lights and candles again. The result was in bed I kept having flashbacks of how close we came to a dangerous situation. 

    To cap it all, N. stayed up late to watch a film  on TV, but woke me up to say the power had gone off - a rare event here.    N. found the big torch and  I tried to ring the emergency Scottish Power  number on our  landline but the phone would not work, so  would not work, so I hunted out my mobile and got a very helpful girl who confirmed there was a high voltage problem in the Earlston area (not a clue what that meant), and it could be two hours before power was restored. She asked if there were any vulnerable members in the household, so,  I thought I might as well for once play the age card.  Of course all that activity meant  I could not get back off to sleep afterwards and was a bit of a zombie the next day.   We got a phone call from Scottish Power in the morning  to check we had coped and were OK - a nice customer care gesture! 

    To end with the Christmas spirit supreme:  

    Saturday 30th Decenber 2017
    A brilliant evening watching my Chritmas present from N. - a DVD of the Royal Ballet dancing "Coppelia" with Carlos D'Costa in the leading male role.  This was the first ballet I saw with my mother and aunt when I was about ten year's old - an ideal choice for a little girl with the feisty heroine, the handsome hero. comic story, beautiful costumes, and foot-tapping gypsy dances.  I loved it!  (Image is from an old postcard i had)   

    Not a great photogrpah, but you can get the idea - A Visit from Santa Claus - when a "sleigh" appeared on our road with the a local rotary club collecting on behalf of the Dodie Weir Fund for Motor Neurone Research - a very popular Borders charity. 



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